Origin: Hebrides Islands (Scotland)
Type: Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: No
Owner: Hunter Laing & Company
Average price: € 50.00
Official website: hunterlaing.com
We’re back on the road with Hunter Laing and his representative blends of Scotch whisky regions, stopping off in the Hebrides.
Divided into Inner and Outer, the Hebrides include lands well known to Scotch aficionados, such as Skye, Mull, Islay and Jura.
We have already taken a tour on Islay with the bottling dedicated to the peat island, here we find ourselves with a blend that includes distilleries such as Talisker, Jura, Tobermory and others not stated, but in the end what matters is evoking the aromas and flavours that are common to whiskies from these islands.
The nose is an explosion of peat, vegetal and marine, with strong spicy components (cloves, juniper berries) over smoked herring, Catalan cream, blood orange, pineapple, toasted almonds, burnt rubber. A faint medicinal note penetrates the nostrils, in a dirty, tranchant profile that makes me think of a good component of Ledaig in the blend,
The palate reveals itself to be softer and rounder (but not without edges), with a cheerful sprinkling of pepper and paprika on citrus, apples, vanilla, malted biscuits, all veined with coastal and mineral notes with vegetable peat acting as a common thread. Very citrusy in length.
Not very long finish of ash, citrus, slight mineral and saline notes, spices.
Like its brother from Islay, this is a good blended that well represents the evocations of the region it wants to represent with a simple but not banal malt, in which everyone can probably find the characteristics of one of the many distilleries that make it up. It lacks a little incisiveness, but is still a good dram.